The business was started by Leonard Eriksen March 1938. He was representing Lincoln Liberty Life Insurance Co., and also sold Automobile Insurance. The office was started in the building that is now an apartment behind the Hooker Co. Tribune building.
Jim Simonson became a partner in 1957, and the name was called Eriksen and Simonson Agency. They sold Real Estate and Insurance.
On August 20, 1959, Donna Kennedy started working for Eriksen. Their office was located where the Senior Citizen is now. John A. “Bud” Gibson worked for Eriksen and Simonson, becoming a partner in 1963.
Leonard Eriksen passed away March 25, 1964, and his wife Virginia worked along with Jim Simonson and Bud Gibson. Jim sold out to Virginia and Bud in 1968. Betty Hampton went to work for Virginia and Bud in April, 1968.
On Jan. 1, 1974 Leonard E. Eriksen Co., sold out the business to Bud A. Gibson. In Febr. 1974, Bud remodeled the former Gibson Cafe in Gibson Agency. His son Dan and Betty Hampton worked for him till Bud passed away Jan. 1976.
Wayne and Betty Hampton took over the business Dec. 1, 1976, and is now the Hampton Agency. As of 1987, they sell all types of Insurance and also do tax accounting. Son Don and wife Teresa are employed at the Hampton Agency.
Entry B36 from the History of Hooker County Nebraska